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This week in gaming news, Sea of Thieves disappoints, Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom soars, and Fortnite is making a lot of money. Like, A LOT of money.
New Big Games This Week
A Way Out
[Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One] – 74 Metacritic Score
“Come for the prison-break bromance, stay for the stomach-punching finale.” – IGN
[Platforms: 3DS] – 72 Metacritic Score
“Dedicated fans of the series will likely get the most out of the experience, with the game’s art, storytelling, and genuinely likeable cast showing the world of Pokémon in a great new light, but we’d urge anyone interested to give this one a go.” – Nintendo Life
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
[Platforms: PC, PS4] – 86 Metacritic Score
“Ni no Kuni II is a brilliant follow-up that outdoes and improves upon its predecessor in just about every category.” – Easy Allies
Sea of Thieves
[Platforms: PC, Xbox One] – 70 Metacritic Score
“Rare has plans to expand the map and add more content to the game as the months go on, but in its current shape, Sea of Thieves doesn’t have the (sea)legs for longevity or a sustained player base.” – GamesRadar+
Top Stories This Week
New PUBG map revealed, screenshots and a detailed map overview
Brendan Greene has revealed the new 4×4 km island map at GDC this past week. You can find some screenshots below.
Fortnite made more than $126 million in February alone
The biggest game in the world right now, the F2P “Fortnite” made over $126 million in February alone, surpassing PUBG and every other game. This is solely off of their in-app purchases, which makes it even more impressive. More on this here.
Sea of Thieves launches with issues
Sea of Thieves launched this week and had a myriad of issues, the largest being Rare limiting the number of players that could go online. As well achievements and in-game rewards were delayed, and inventory items went temporarily missing. While most of these issues are now gone, it’s clear that Rare has some work to do. More on this here.
Sea of Thieves passes 1 million unique players
The game passed 1 million unique players in 48 hours since launching this past week. Sea of Thieves has clearly peaked the interest of the general gaming populace, but can it maintain a solid community for years to come? More on this here.
Assassin’s Creed 2019 set in Greece, according to rumours
Liam Robertson, who has correctly leaked upcoming games in the past, has revealed this week that the next Assassins Creed game will take place in Greece and will launch in 2019. More on this here.
Crackdown 3 news incoming
Phil Spencer said on Twitter this past week that more on Crackdown 3 will be talked about soon. The game has been essentially radio-silent since its E3 showing last year and was slated to arrive in Spring 2018.
Ark: Survival Evolved coming to Switch this year
The mega-popular dino-survival game Ark: Survival Evolved is coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2018, Gamespot reports. Details are currently light on the project, but it will be coming later this year to the system. More on the game is sure to be said before or during Nintendo’s E3 conference in June. More on this here.
Original Xbox backwards compatible game news “coming soon”
Phil Spencer answered a fan’s question regarding original Xbox backwards compatible games on Twitter this past week. Currently there are 13 original Xbox games that are backwards compatible with the Xbox One.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remaster is reportedly single player only, no multiplayer modes are included
In a stunning rumour that has been confirmed by two separate sources, the leaked Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 remaster is supposedly only going to include the game’s single-player campaign, and cut multiplayer. More on this here.
Banjo & Kazooie may be in the next Smash Bros game
Phil Spencer confirmed on Twitter that he is willing to let Banjo & Kazooie appear in the next iteration of Smash Bros (coming out this year). This is major news, as Banjo & Kazooie haven’t appeared on a Nintendo platform since Microsoft purchased Rare and all of its IP in the early 2000’s.
PUBG Mobile launches internationally
The mobile version of PUBG has been released on both Android and IOS this past week. After plenty of positive feedback on both platforms from players in the beta, they launched the title for free on both app stores on March 19th. More on this here.
A new Atari console is officially announced, named the Atari VCS
Atari’s first console in 20 years is officially named the Atari VCS. The system is a “retro-inspired gaming and entertainment platform” that bring a “full PC experience for the TV, bringing you streaming, applications, social, browsing, music, and more” as well as loaded retro Atari games and “current titles from a range of studios”. More on this here.
Mythic United Highlights
I published my review in retrospective for Halo Wars 2. Read my thoughts below!
What Mattered Last Week
And that’s what matters this week in video games! Let us know in the comments below if we missed anything noteworthy. Until next week, this is Mythic United signing off.
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